Cal Poly to Bring Student-Designed Anti-Human Trafficking Training Set to Statewide Law Enforcement Conference Aug. 20-22

More than 2,000 public safety personnel expected at this year’s educational conference in Long Beach, California 

Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute will bring an immersive set, designed to resemble an illicit massage business and hotel, to the California Peace Officers’ Association Advance conference in Long Beach from Aug. 20-22. Cal Poly students helped create the set as well as the cyber-forensic exercises that will be used for training purposes at the conference.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A Cal Poly student-designed set, crafted to resemble an illicit massage business and hotel, will provide a key training opportunity for hundreds of law enforcement personnel as they learn how to better combat human trafficking.

In addition to an anti-human trafficking immersive set, Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host training sessions at the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) Advance conference on security vulnerabilities in vehicles, on how individuals can protect themselves from cybercrime, and best practices in dealing with cybersecurity threats. More than 2,000 public safety personnel are expected to attend this year’s educational conference from Aug. 20-22 in at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

The CCI’s training sessions are open to media.

“The CCI team is excited to bring Learn by Doing to one of our state’s premier law enforcement conferences,” CCI Program Manager Martin Minnich said. “Attendees will gain hands-on training on how to find digital evidence that may be used to thwart future human trafficking in their counties and cities.”

Human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise and is estimated to generate $150 billion annually, according to the California Attorney General’s office.  Many crime organizations have transitioned from drugs and guns to human trafficking, and become more cyber sophisticated. The CCI’s training course at CPOA Advance will take place in a mock-up illicit massage business and hotel laced with cyber evidence so that law enforcement members can learn how to find a digital trail of evidence when combating human trafficking.

Cal Poly students helped to create the anti-human trafficking set design as well as the cyber-forensic exercises.

“My involvement with the CCI and CPOA has been truly enlightening,” said Aileen Aguilar-Bustillo, a graphic communication major from Reedley, in Fresno County, who helped coordinate the immersive set design and physical evidence that will be used during the training exercises. Aguilar-Bustillo also created graphics and images for posters that will be displayed through the conference. “Before my time with the CCI, I never realized the important role art and graphic design play in law enforcement and cybersecurity. Through this experience, my knowledge of cybersecurity and the challenges facing law enforcement has increased dramatically.”

The California Peace Officers’ Association has over 16,000 members of all ranks from municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies from throughout the state of California. CPOA was established in 1921 and is committed to developing progressive leadership for the California law enforcement community through organizational networking, professional development, technology advancement and public policy advocacy. 

“We are pleased to have Cal Poly as part of the CPOA Advance 2019 conference in Long Beach,” CPOA Training Manager Cathy Sharp said. “Cal Poly’s immersive-training environments will offer a new way for conference attendees to understand how cyber impacts human trafficking investigations.”

Learn more about CPOA Advance at https://cpoa.org/landing/what-is-advance/. Learn more about Cal Poly’s CCI at https://cci.calpoly.edu/. Media interested in attending any of the training sessions can contact CCI Director for Industry Outreach Jimmy Baker at jbaker30@calpoly.edu or 805-756-2948 for more information.

Photo information: Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute will bring an immersive set, designed to resemble an illicit massage business and hotel, to the California Peace Officers’ Association Advance conference in Long Beach from Aug. 20-22. Cal Poly students helped create the set as well as the cyber-forensic exercises that will be used for training purposes at the conference.

Contact: Jimmy Baker
Director for Industry Outreach 
Cal Poly California Cybersecurity Institute
805-756-2948; Jbaker30@calpoly.edu 

August 19, 2019

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